Posts Tagged ‘Santiago Atitlán’

Doing laundry Guatemalan style

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

When you see a scene like this, (more…)

To You, Stranger

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

To You, Strangers by Hugo Muralles

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me,
why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

— Walt Whitman

Well, they aren’t strangers anymore, but I remembered the poem and wanted to share it with you all, from left to right: Denis, Daniel, Petina and Kevin.  Lovely, warm people.  At this point, we were taking a walk to the center of Santiago Atitlán from  Chacaya village.  Locals told me it’s ok to walk in the day time, at night, not so much, there might be “bad people” they said.

But, in any case, good luck to them in the rest of their respective trips through Guatemala and the rest of the world.

Culture or religion?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

I spent some days in Santiago Atitlán for the Holy Week and I was able to appreciate Maximon tradition. A lot of things can be said about this important figure. Some say it is a pagan costume while others studies say Maximon was the first grand-father of Tzutuhil people and when the colonist came from Spain, Tzutuhiles had to create a way to continue its devotion and therefore a story about the third Apostol “Judas” was created. In Santiago Atitlán Maximon is protected by La Cofradía Santa Cruz Fraternity. Catholic Priests have to deal with a way to harmonize between culture and religion. It is said this local Priest is not struggling that well because this year two separated processions were carried away (one from the Cofradía, other from Catholic Church). This was very disappointed for the town and there were some disturbance; in some areas procession carpets were taken away, however we were still  able to appreciate some beautiful ones.